Questions tagged [thesis]

Questions related to initiation, preparation, editing and presentation of a research thesis. A Thesis is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. A Thesis must include personal research and the proper citations from other publications in the research topic.

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Failed the preliminary PhD exam because the committee members rejected my already accepted publication [closed]

My paper got accepted in a very high-ranking peer-reviewed conference and will be published in the proceedings. However, my university PhD committee members are saying it is ‘weak’ and they did not ...
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Impact of Masters thesis on PhD application

I am a final year masters student and I will be defending in Fall 2020. I will be applying for PhD in Fall 2021. At the start of my Masters thesis, me and my PI had a specific goal in mind (lets call ...
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Should the introduction of a thesis have figures/pictures?

I'm writing my master thesis in network formation theory. I believe that a picture with network nodes in the introduction will help the readers understand what my model is and what I am trying to ...
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How to follow up with a master's advisor who abandoned me?

I was recently awarded my master's degree. This was a very difficult process since my master's thesis advisor completely abandoned me halfway through. She literally did not answer my e-mails . No -one ...
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Is it appropriate to informally address my supervisor in the thesis acknowledgements?

All of the acknowledgment examples I have read online address the supervisor with formal title and full name (i.e. Prof WhatNot). In my case, I'd rather use the first name only ("nickname" ...
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Seeking advice with dissertation chair: possible theft of idea and possible blackmail [closed]

I am hoping for advice in how to move forward. Last spring I submitted two proposal ideas to my dissertation chair. He told me that the first idea was 'inappropriate.' I proposed a comparison of ...
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What are the advantages and downsides of a broad PhD thesis? [closed]

A previous version of this question focused too much on my personal situation. The current one aims at being more generic. The main question boils down to what are the advantages and disadvantages of ...
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Is it Appropriate to Include Personal Correspondence in the Appendix of a Thesis?

While conducting research for my dissertation, my collaborator and I discovered a mathematical error in published work and this error was confirmed by the author through personal correspondence. On ...
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Why don’t some PhD students publish their thesis works in a journal? [closed]

I want to know why some PhD students don't publish their works in a journal. For example, I have seen many good, high level German theses which were written around 1970-90, but were not published in ...
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Date of PhD award Oxbridge

This question is similar to the date of PhD award in France, but for the case of Oxbridge (maybe all of UK, but I don't know). There is the date of the defense (behind closed doors), after which one ...
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How are unusual thesis topics looked at? [closed]

So at my university, there have been professors who partner with industry, including a sex products company, one which develops devices. What I'm curious about is how a PhD thesis is looked at which ...
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What standards should I apply when evaluating a PhD thesis from a weaker university?

I have been asked to serve on the examination committee for a PhD thesis. It's in the area of machine learning. It's from a university in a developing country. My job is to provide a written report, ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD by writing only review and survey papers?

Suppose that a PhD (in engineering) student has 3-4 review/survey papers in their domain, and has received more than 500 citations in total. In a situation like this, can they pass the oral defense ...
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My Phd advisor does not appreciate anything I do, and provides no help [closed]

I have completed five years in my Ph.D. (computer science) in a reputed research institute in India. The area of my research is not Machine Learning or Data Science, nothing to do with data. I have ...
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Remote writing of master's thesis vs. taking a course

I am currently writing a masters thesis (in mathematics). I began a month ago, but I have been stuck to the point of feeling like I'm wasting my time. I don't have good grasp of the fundamentals ...
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Examiner proof-reading master thesis before submission. Is this allowed?

I know someone who is currently writing their master’s thesis. They will be the single author of the document. Our (German) university requires a statement that says something like: ‘I wrote all of ...
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Can I contact a professor who works on my same work

During my PhD I worked on a specific topic. My thesis is published at my university website. This has been done one year ago. Today, I found that one professor (not my supervisor and not from the same ...
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How do I include a non-technical critique or line of thought in a technical doctoral thesis without being off topic?

Here is more context: I understand that I have to stick to the point and so on, but I'm not asking if you think it's a good idea or not, so I beg you to spare me the lecture. I would like your advice ...
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How to properly describe future works in Master's Thesis?

I have developed an application for the Master's Thesis. It provides enough functionality for demonstration purposes and to explain the workings of it. However, many other areas (some major, some ...
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How to evaluate an implementation Master's Thesis in Evaluation chapter?

I am writing a Master's Thesis where I developed an application. The application was developed after the study of another similar application. My application does things differently but the principle ...
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Can I reference a result on a dataset without any research paper by that author as state of the art?

The best result on a given dataset has no trace in the form of research paper or any sort of analysis. We have no idea whose results were those, or what method was created. Some competition was held,...
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Phd Thesis vs 5 years publications documentation [duplicate]

I am doing my PhD in data mining and I want to start writing my thesis. Is there any acceptable percentage of similarities between the final thesis and the used published research to create the final ...
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How to cite self-created images or pictures in thesis

When we put some images in a thesis, we provide a reference to its source where it’s located. If I have created my own images or pictures, how do I make it clear that they are my images and I did not ...
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When can a thesis get rejected or asked for a major revision?

I am planning to submit my thesis next month. I have 4 published SCI-indexed journals (Elsevier, Springer, IEEE transaction, World Scientific) and 2 more journals communicated (all first authors). My ...
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Is it ok to use Github code by having explicit permission from author for Thesis but without license mentioned on the repository?

I am writing my Master Thesis. I used code from GitHub for my application and did modifications and extended its functionality to adjust my requirements. I am also citing the code in my own code and ...
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Can I add code in the supplementary material of my thesis which builds up on an existing library?

I've written a thesis in the context of global illumination. The explorations are purely theoretical, but I've implemented the basic building blocks of the described approach and would like to add ...
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Interesting vs tractable PhD topics [closed]

When one starts a PhD, should it be based upon interest or tractability of the project? If a project fails is switching advisors a reasonable option within the same department? I have a couple options ...
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Can you give an example in a formal definition?

I would like to give an example in a formal definition. My concern is, by giving an example, I am implicitly demonstrating that the definition is not precise/clear enough. Is it acceptable to give an ...
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How to prepare for Thesis defence presentation?

I am doing Master Thesis which is now in a final stage. My Thesis submission is in around 3 weeks and i am almost done with documenting my findings. This is my first ever Thesis writing in my whole ...
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A professor invited me to their seminar when I enquired about working on a master thesis with them: did they reject me?

I am a master student. In the next year I need to start my work on master thesis. I have sent letters to two professors in the same group, stating my interest, and have asked if they have a suitable ...
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Does a glossary make sense in a computer science masters' thesis

This question was first asked on writing, a user pointed me at this site. I am currently writing my master thesis in computer science, more specifically on voice activity detection, a sub-area of ...
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What is the difference between preparing a research proposal and writing the actual thesis in the case of theoretical research?

In some countries, whenever someone applies for a Ph.D. admission, the universities ask for a research proposal. A research proposal includes a literature review and bibliography. If the research is ...
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Graduated but still working on bachelor's project, how to write in CV

I graduated my bachelor's recently (have not received the final degree yet, but all the requirements are done and I have a provisional degree). As part of the degree, we are required to do a bachelor'...
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Is it okay to mention what a different chair is working on?

I'm a university student and am looking for a master's thesis topic. I also have a job at a company and this company is cooperating with a chair / staff of a chair (i.e. people working for a teaching ...
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Supervising same work again and again

I found few professors having supervised more than 200 masters theses 'each' in the past 14-15 years. When looked at these theses, I found that out of 200 theses supervised by a professor, more than ...
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I've collected years of data using a defective piece of equipment. How to salvage my thesis and graduate?

I'm writing my thesis for an Engineering PhD. Our department has a tool for measuring trace metals (an ICP-OES) that I was supposed to use to collect my data. Unfortunately this equipment proved to be ...
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Is there a rule for repeated letters when creating acronyms/initialisms/abbreviations?

I'm writing my master thesis and I've created an initialism that has the letter S repeated three times in a row (the initialism is OSSSP and stands for Optimization Search Space Scope Parameters). In ...
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Failed my BEng dissertation in a computer/electronics related field twice, how do I move forward?

I went to university to study a degree which has computer software and hardware elements to it. I didn't do badly in my normal modules at all, I never got below a 2:1 grade in any module, and some of ...
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Contacting promotor and assistant/supervisor in regards to master's thesis after weeks of radio silence

I am a master student and currently finishing my master's thesis. Ever since the beginning of COVID I have been experiencing depression and anxiety. This resulted in not being able to work as hard as ...
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How to defend plagiarism in master's thesis

I am an Indian student and studying in the USA away from home and family. I am writing my master's thesis in a private University and we were two weeks away to submit the final version to the ...
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Would it be alright to break down the Acknowledgements into sections?

Would it be alright to break down the acknowledgements of a thesis into a few small sections with individual section headings? For example: Academic and Professional Acknowledgements Personal ...
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Can I quote books and articles I found online in my Master's thesis?

During lockdown I found some books/articles online for my thesis. Am I allowed to quote them or is it unprofessional? Should I find a paper edition and quote that instead?
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Is it correct to use citations as nouns for scientific papers, such as dissertations of articles?

Which of these two is better accepted, or preferred, for scientific papers? THIS The model detaches the calculation of the vertical velocity from the equations system, and focuses on the longitudinal ...
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How to become competitive for PhD in data science? [duplicate]

I want to apply for Ph.D at a good Western university (e.g., in the UK or US) in data science. I have a master's degree (no thesis) and only one publication in a local journal. Will I be competitive ...
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Master's and Bachelor's theses on the same topic?

I am a student of a M.Sc. in Economics. For reasons that are really beyond my control, a week ago I was asked to write a one-page draft of my Master's thesis topic, so that I can be assigned to a ...
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Is it common to have a personal copy of one’s own PhD thesis?

I worked very hard on my PhD thesis, and I think it would be cool to have a nicely bound physical copy of it. I’m simply wondering if obtaining one is a common thing to do.
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Posting a (non-original research) Masters thesis on arXiv?

Based on the following posts: Posting master's thesis on arxiv? Should one put their Master's thesis online? although my question differs in that my "Master's thesis" was not part of ...
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PhD Partial thesis and changing advisors(or transferring universities)

Suppose you have written part of a thesis(normally a PhD thesis in my field has 2-3 parts, each part may be different from the others). How is it handled if you change advisors? Can you keep the parts ...
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In the writing phase of masters thesis, is it advisable to take a course that is unrelated? [closed]

I'm supposed to be writing my master thesis now in numerical optimization and I have a chance to attend an online course in Analysis. It is unrelated to my thesis topic and the course will require me ...
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If I publish my PhD thesis chapters, can my thesis be later still published as a monograph

My supervisor told me that it is not required to publish my papers before submitting my thesis. We are required (in German universities), however, to published our monograph thesis later as a book. ...

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